Mercedes-Benz Vision CLS
September 16, 2003

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Mercedes-Benz unveiled its Vision CLS coupÈ study at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
"Our Vision CLS is a coupÈ generation ahead of the rest", says Professor J¸rgen Hubbert, member of the DaimlerChrysler AG Board of Management and head of the Mercedes Car Group. "The idea of a four-door coupÈ opens up exciting possibilities. Featuring a sophisticated design and exclusive interior appointments, the Vision CLS is aimed primarily at people who have a passion for motor cars and motoring."
Based on a unique synthesis of coupÈ and saloon, the concept car displays elegant yet instantly dramatic lines and all the classic Mercedes comfort, innovation and safety hallmarks ñ the perfect blend of passion and practicality. And the same is true of the powerful diesel engine, its 195 kW and 265 hp providing the drive for a truly dynamic driving experience. The power plant propels the Vision CLS from 0 to 100 km/h in just 6.4 seconds and enables it to reach a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). Furthermore, this impressive performance does not cost the earth: the six-cylinder engine consumes 7.5 litres of fuel per 100 km and is fully compliant with the strict EU-4 emission standard.
"The combination of the ultimate in performance with low fuel consumption, EU-4 compliance and a diesel particulate filter highlights the enormous potential of this highly sophisticated six-cylinder biturbo diesel power plant and of diesel engines in general", states Professor J¸rgen Hubbert.
The impact of the concept will be carefully gauged by the Mercedes designers and marketing men. The success of the vehicle will influence future products.
The body of the Vision CLS is 4910 mm long whilst the wheelbase length is 2854 mm. Mercedes-Benz combines the high-torque biturbo engine with the new 7G-TRONIC, the world's first seven-speed automatic transmission for passenger cars. It ensures supremely easy gear changes and fast acceleration in any gear ñ totally in keeping with the dynamic character of the concept coupÈ.


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